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Aus­tralian loud­speaker man­u­fac­turer M8audio has re­leased a new loud­speaker called the ‘Sweet Maxwell’, a two-way book­shelf de­sign named in hon­our of James Clerk Maxwell, who for­mu­lated the clas­si­cal the­ory of elec­tro­mag­netic ra­di­a­tion. The M8audio Sweet Maxwell has a Beryl­lium tweeter and a bass/midrange driver with a cone made of Egyp­tian pa­pyrus.

The M8audio Sweet Maxwell’s bass/midrange driver is rated with a di­am­e­ter of 187mm and its Egyp­tian pa­pyrus cone is pow­ered by a neodymium mag­net struc­ture con­tained within a cast alu­minium chas­sis. ‘ This driver is sub­stan­tially larger than the norm for a two-way de­sign, and con­trib­utes to the very sat­is­fy­ing bass, while still achiev­ing su­pe­rior midrange res­o­lu­tion and pres­ence,’ said Mark Thom­sen, the founder of M8audio. ‘ The low damp­ing rub­ber sur­round and ad­vanced BIMAX spi­der main­tain great lin­ear­ity, en­sur­ing ev­ery mu­si­cal de­tail is pre­served, even at very low lis­ten­ing lev­els. The newly-de­vel­oped di­aphragm is made with Egyp­tian Pa­pyrus fi­bres, re­sult­ing in a uniquely nat­u­ral and pleas­ing sound sig­na­ture, yet pre­serv­ing the de­tails and dy­nam­ics typ­i­cally only found in hard cone ma­te­ri­als.’ The tweeter has a 29mm di­am­e­ter pure beryl­lium di­aphragm driven by a CCAW voice coil that M8audio claims de­liv­ers near-pis­tonic be­hav­iour to be­yond 40kHz. It, too, uses a neodymium mo­tor with a shal­low flow mag­net de­sign to op­ti­mise rear cham­ber cou­pling and dual cop­per im­plants to min­imise and lin­earise in­duc­tance. The Sweet Maxwell’s cross­over net­work uses high-qual­ity com­po­nents in­clud­ing edge-wound baked air-core in­duc­tors, and polypropy­lene and Alu­men-Z ca­pac­i­tors, to give a cross­over fre­quency of 1.5kHz. ‘ The new Alu­men-Z ca­pac­i­tors were in­cor­po­rated for their phe­nom­e­nal trans­parency com­bined with an un­usual fa­tigue-free ease of lis­ten­ing that is quite unique to this high-per­for­mance ca­pac­i­tor,’ said Thom­sen.

M8audio spec­i­fies the Sweet Maxwell’s fre­quency re­sponse as 47Hz– 40kHz ±3dB and its ef­fi­ciency as 86dBSPL (2.83V/1m). The nom­i­nal im­ped­ance is 6 , with a min­i­mum of 4.2 at 135Hz. Avail­able now for $6,500 per pair in Satin White or Tas­ma­nian Black­wood fin­ishes, the M8audio Sweet Maxwell is only avail­able fac­tory-di­rect from M8audio, via its web­site. ‘ We have de­cided to em­brace the brave new world and are in the fac­tory/in­ter­net di­rect cat­e­gory,’ said Thom­sen. ‘ But un­like all other fac­tory/di­rect loud­speaker man­u­fac­tur­ers we of­fer a 30-day trial which in­cludes free ship­ping both ways.’

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact M8audio on (04) 3232 2807 or visit the web­site at m@m8audio.com

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